ASUS Xonar D2X Overview
The ASUS Xonar D2X has its own little enclosure around the sound card, which is an EMI shield for the sound card. Inside the enclosure there is a circle which lights up orange. The Xonar D2X also takes up a PCI-E x1 slot which most older and current motherboards have. Also on the Xonar D2X we have a floppy Molex connector to power the soundcard and the power the light built on the sound card.
On the back of the sound card there is all the connectors for the all the inputs and outputs. I will start with the SPDIF Out with the SPDIF IN along with the Rear, Center/Subwoofer, Side, Front, Line In and Mic In.
Also on the Xonar D2X we have a floppy Molex connector to power the soundcard and to also power the light built into the sound card. Also on the top of the sound card where you can see they have Dolby digital live and a DTS connect sticker to remind you what you have if you where to look into the case.
The system we are using is comprised of an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 processor, Gigabyte P35, 6GB DDR2 memory, BFG GTS 250, 500GB SATA drive, Blu-Ray Drive, Windows 7 Ultimate X64. Now with this all you have to do is open the computer case and find your free PCIE X1 slot. In my case it’s under the graphics card. Since it won’t fit up top since it’s too long and the Ram channels wouldn’t allow it to go in. Then you just have to slide it in and screw it in to support.
Next thing is to connect the floppy drive Molex connector to the card to power the card. Then close up the case and then power on the computer. Don’t forget to head over to the ASUS website to pick up the new and latest Drivers for the Xonar D2X. Install the drivers and then reboot the system. After the system reboots you will notice on the back output of the Xonar D2X lights up all the different colors for Output channels and Input channels as well.